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McDonald's reports $17K in food missing

COVINGTON - The manager of the McDonald's restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 has reported to the Covington Police Department the theft of nearly $17,000 worth of food.

The manager said the owner had completed a "quality cost report" for a three-month period which shows food unaccounted for in the amounts $5,501.18 for February; $5,795.57 in March; and $6,766.43 in April for a total of $16,897.71.

The manager told officers he had no idea who could have taken the food.

In other crime news, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Wilshire Walk around 3:30 Saturday afternoon when a man complained that he was driving down the road and when he started to drive around the cul-de-sac, he saw a woman pointing a black revolver at him.

He told the deputy the woman was sitting in a gold car at the end of the driveway at 95 Wilshire Walk and "while she was pointing the pistol at him, she pulled the trigger," according to the incident report completed by Deputy Douglas Donihe.

The deputy located the woman, identified as Deborah Delores Purvis 52, of 95 Wilshire Walk, and when questioned, she said she only had a shotgun in the house. The deputy reported smelling alcohol on the woman and she told him she'd had three glasses of wine, according to the report.

Donihe stated in the report that he asked if he could search her vehicle and the woman consented, opening the passenger side door for him.

"I observed a black revolver laying in plain sight in the passenger seat," the report states, adding that "Mrs. Purvis said, 'There is the gun.'"

Purvis was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

The day before another gun-pointing incident was reported. A woman told NCSO deputies that the female driver of a blue Honda Civic pulled a gun on her as she was driving through Fieldstone subdivision to Fairview Elementary School.

She told the deputy from the way the woman was driving, she thought she was lost and attempted to pass her.

"(The victim) said the vehicle then cut her off and she rolled her window down and told the driver of the Civic she was just trying to drive around her," the incident report completed by Deputy Timothy Dickerson states.

The victim said the woman called her an obscene name and asked, "Do you know what the speed limit is here?" and then pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her.

She told deputies she put her vehicle in reverse in an effort to get away from the woman, but was able to take down her tag number.

The car was not immediately located.

Two women reported to the NCSO that they were robbed at 40 Rosewood Circle around 11:30 Tuesday night.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the women said they went to the residence to meet a man they had become acquainted with over the Internet.

"When the two females arrived at the residence, the male came to the door and invited them inside. They followed the male into the residence and said they were then attacked by a group of three males and their purses were snatched from them," Mitchell said.

He said the women said their attackers then fled the residence, but they were unable to give any type of physical description of them. No weapon was reportedly used.

One woman valued her purse at $100 and said it had $200 cash in it and the other woman valued her purse at $200 and her wallet was valued at $200.

"Deputies canvassed the area on foot and in patrol units, but were unable to locate any suspects," Mitchell said. "The investigation has been turned over to the Newton County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit."

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com